Human Development

WSU's online human development program is the study of individuals and families, and how they are linked to their communities and other social groups.

You will learn to work with people of all ages as they develop skills and handle life challenges.

Our graduates are employed in a variety of careers, including positions with such programs as Head Start, child-care centers and preschools, the YMCA and senior centers.

Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in human development may also earn a certificate in either gerontology or early childhood education. The early childhood education certificate is available for Washington state residents only.

Accreditation

Washington State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. For more information, see accreditation.wsu.edu/NWCCU-statement.html.

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Program of Study
All courses are available online

All undergraduates must complete the University Common Requirements (UCORE). (These can generally be satisfied with a direct transfer degree. For a list of direct-transfer agreements, visit WSU's Transfer Information Web page.)

Students must also fulfill the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences graduation requirements and the program requirements of the degree.

  • Certification Requirements:

    To be eligible to certify as a human development major, students must complete two lower-level foundation courses, or their transfer equivalents. Students may take these courses or their equivalent at a local community college or four-year institution prior to admission to WSU Global Campus, or they may be taken online during the first semester of enrollment at WSU:

    • HD 201 - Human Development: Prenatal through Age 8
      OR
      HD 340 - Development in Context
    • HD 204 - Family Systems: Understanding Family Interaction
  • Required Courses:
    • HD 202 - Middle Childhood through Adolescence
      OR
      HD 408 - Advanced Adolescent Development
    • HD 203 - Adulthood through the Older Years
      OR
      HD 305 - Gerontology
    • HD 310 - Research Approaches to Human Development
    • HD 410 - Public Policy Issues Impacting Families and Individuals
    • HD 420 - Application of Human Development Theories
    • HD 497 - Professional Preparation for Internship *
    • HD 498 - Field Placement/Professional Development Internship
  • Human Development Electives:
    (15 semester credits; select 5 courses)
    • HD 300 - Child Abuse and Neglect
    • HD 301 - Family Stress and Coping
    • HD 302 - Parent-Child Relationships
    • HD 305 - Gerontology
    • HD 341 - Learning and Guidance in Early Childhood *
    • HD 342 - Curriculum for Early Childhood Programs *
    • HD 350 - Diversity in Contemporary Families
    • HD 360 - Death and Dying
    • HD 403 - Families in Poverty
    • HD 406 - Work and Family
    • HD 408 - Advanced Adolescent Development
    • HD 464 - Administration of Early Childhood Programs *
    • HD 482 - Child Assessment and Evaluation *
  • Graduation Requirements:

    The Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development requires a cumulative gpa of 2.5 or better and a C minimum grade in all HD courses, including substitutions. Of the 42 hours required for the major, a minimum of 21 must be taken in residence (via WSU Global Campus) at WSU.

* Indicates a specialized course for the Early Childhood Education Certificate

Please review the online WSU Catalog for additional information about specific degree requirements.



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